Dating an ex drug addict

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When they finally manage to get past all of the chemical baggage that they had been carrying with them for so long, what you will find in most instances is that former addicts have just as many outstanding qualities as anyone else, and this can make them a joy to be around for family and friends alike. Is it wise to form a more intimate connection with an ex-addict or alcoholic, no matter how dramatically they appear to have turned their lives around?In looking at the experiences of others, what we can say is that many who have formed romantic partnerships with former substance abusers have come to regret that decision immensely, while others have been able to establish satisfying permanent relationships with those who have successfully put their past addictions behind them.

In Twelve Step programs, and especially in Steps Four through Ten, PIRs learn how to develop healthy relationship skills.Successful recovering addicts and alcoholics will have learned much about the importance of honesty and open communication during their rehabilitation process, and this can carry over into their relationships with those to whom they become close.But when addicts and alcoholics suddenly begin closing down and become reticent to share what they are thinking and feeling, or to talk about what is happening in their lives, this is most likely a sign that something is wrong.I was constantly in a state of limbo about the success of my partner and the future of our relationship.This is my personal experience dating a drug addict.Although it won’t be the same for everyone, maybe some of you can relate.If you’re romantically involved with a current or former drug addict, just know it’s not all bad.When they were drinking and using, they may have grown used to doing whatever it took to cover up, excuse, or engage in their addictive behavior.When it comes to an addiction disorder, deceit, manipulation, and friendships with fellow drinking or drugging buddies are too often the rule, rather than the exception.Dating a drug addict, as with dating anyone, comes with pros and cons.Drug addicts, even if they have been clean for months or years, are difficult to trust.

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